I was recently denied a clearance for something I had already reported and was adjudicated. The short story is:
My ex girlfriend was a non-U.S. person (Malawi) who was in the process of getting her citizenship and joining the U.S. Army, and I reported her to my SSO in early 2007. I received a job offer to work in D.C., but one of the stipulations was that co-habitation with a foreign national might be a disqualifying factor. With that, we amicably separated and I moved from California to D.C. in Oct 2007. Over a year later in Dec 2008, I put on my SF-86 that I do not have ties with anyone of foreign citizenship with whom I’m bound by affection, etc etc. One reason is because we were no longer dating, second reason is that she was (possibly) already a U.S. person at that time. Nevertheless, I spoke to the investigator about it during the interview (2009), described in detail the genesis of our relationship (including the financial aspects of sharing expenses (rent, utilities, etc)) and answered all follow up questions to the interviewer’s satisfaction and I was adjudicated with a TS/SCI w/Poly.
Fast forward to 2014. Instead of answering the SF-86 foreign contact question the same as I did in 2008, I decided to add all of the details I told the previous investigator in 2009. There was no information that had not already been reported. I received an LOR that referenced the differences in the 2008 SF-86 and the information I told the investigator (something already known and adjudicated); and differences between the 2008 and 2014 SF-86s (which was me reporting the information already reported).
I did an in-person hearing at DOHA in July last year. The sent a letter in August saying “Your failure to disclose your personal relationship with a foreign national on your SF-86 (2008) and your inconsistent statements about the relationship and her citizenship during your clearance interview (2014) raises questions about your honesty, credibility, and trustworthiness…” I also had an official letter submitted to the judge from my SSO confirming that I did report her in early 2007 and that he (and his office) confirmed my transparency and cooperation and had no reservations about my honesty, loyalty or integrity.
It seems as if PSAB did not consider what I thought was a reasonable explanation, nor weigh any of the myriad letters of support and character witnesses who were there on my behalf (GG-15s). What do I have to do to mitigate concerns for an issue for which I had already been adjudicated?